Now that the U.S. is at war with Iraq, uncertainties about international travel are multiplying and answers are hard to find. Warnings from the U.S. State Department about possible terrorist attacks against Americans throughout the world should be heeded, but all travelers need to make their own decisions about whether to travel or stay home. The State Department’s advice has been repeated for months: terrorists may look for soft targets, including “facilities where Americans and other foreigners congregate or visit, such as residential areas, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, hotels, outdoor recreation events or resorts and beaches. U.S. citizens should increase their security awareness at such locations, avoid them, or switch to other locations where Americans in large numbers generally do not congregate.” Demonstrations against the war are occurring all over the world, and in some places could become violent. In countries known for anti-American sentiment it is especially advisable to avoid these demonstrations. In any country, when passions are high as they are now, avoiding such rallies is prudent, especially for U.S. citizens (unless you wish to protest the war, of course, but even then caution should be observed in case the demonstrations get out of hand). Does this mean you should avoid travel at this time? The regions most affected by the war in Iraq are obviously the Persian Gulf and Middle East. And while it is true that terrorists could strike anywhere, anytime, the vast majority of the world’s attractions remain accessible, safe and welcoming, especially to individuals. Yes, there have been reports of Americans being challenged for their government’s policies even in countries historically friendly to the U.S., but most people can handle a little spirited conversation. Consider the alternative: stay home when our government is warning about terrorist attacks on our “homeland.” The greater world and our own hometowns aren’t remarkably different when it comes to safety in this tense time. If you love to travel, be prudent, keep a low profile, and consider visiting the world outside the Middle East. Chances are your presence will be celebrated simply because you chose to go.